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 Hawk.Hawk nor Buzzard (Neither). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Hawk and Handsaw.
 
I know a hawk from a handsaw. Handsaw is a corruption of hernshaw (a heron). I know a hawk from a heron, the bird of prey from the game flown at. The proverb means, I know one thing from another. (See Hamlet, ii. 2.)   1
 


 Hawk.Hawk nor Buzzard (Neither). 

 
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